When you’re ten years old, an event that happened ninety years ago is ancient history. Girls today are used to seeing women running for office and even being confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. I wouldn’t have been surprised if they took voting for granted and felt detached from today’s celebration of the 1920 ratification of women’s suffrage.
Campaign advice from 5th grade
Curious, I checked in to see what girls are saying about voting and politics at newmoon.com. First I found Sophia asking for advice on running for office at her school. She put the question directly and got great advice from 11 year old Caroline, including the confidence that Sophia will win.
I am running for Recording Secretary at my school and I have to give a speech in front of everyone in my school. I’m a little scared. What should I do? Sophia, 10
Yay! I’m so proud of you! Well, I think you should: a) first, tell them what you will do as recording secretary b) second, tell them why they should vote for you. c) third, tell them information about voting, so you look like you’re on top of everything! Good Luck, and sticker me when you win!:) Caroline, 11
This is the 90th anniversary; do you care?
Women being able to vote, for me, means the world. The fact that older generations of women weren’t able to have their voices be heard because of their gender is, quite frankly, ridiculous. I take pride in knowing people these days respect me and when I am old enough, I will be able to vote and have my voice be heard. The anniversary of this freedom is the anniversary of lots of brave women who fought to have women’s voices be heard and respected, and that is why I am celebrating it. Jen, 11, NJ
Here are words that pop into my head: equality, woman prime ministers, voting, women in politics, being the first, feminism, strong girls and women, New Moon Girls, power, amazing, legendary, remembered, history. Also, it’s been 90 years since we could vote… have we waited long enough to run the country? We need female prime ministers and presidents!!!’ And women who fought for our right to vote are heroes! They are true she-roes/heroines because they chained themselves, protested, were arrested and did many other things for themselves as well as many future generations of voting women! Many other countries have had female leaders… come on America! Canada, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Haiti… they’ve all done it! Hurry up USA! Hanna, 11, BC, Canada
Voting is the quintessential symbol of democracy: the right of a citizen to express his or her opinion over the way their government is run. For me, the right for women to vote is important because it says that women have opinions and thoughts about the world, and that their husband’s opinion will not necessarily be theirs as well. Women’s right to vote shows that women can think for themselves and that women have equal power to men in their lives and in the political system of their country. Lena, 12, PA
Try asking the girls you know what they think.
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